30.12.06

Premiership - Half time Report

‘If you are first you are first. If you are second you are nothing.’ 
Bill Shankly

Well, the season is now at its halfway point. Every single team has played at least 19 games, so it's a good time to assess how everyone has done so far. They've been some surprises to say the least.

1. Manchester United : Jose Mourhino predicted that Chelsea would be top of the table by Christmas. Well, not true. This season, Manchester United have played top class football, and are deservedly top of the league. Time will tell if they have the strength in depth to go all the way, but no one even rated them at the beginning of the season. I have a feeling that if they don't go much further in Europe, then they have what they need to win it.

2. Chelsea : The reigning champions. ¢h€L$¥, despite all their riches and their 'super squad' have realized that a few injuries have turned their once air tight defense into a sieve. They have been leaking goals, and can only hope John Terry will be back in time. Shevchenko has not yet settled into the team, but let's not forget that while Drogba is scoring goals for fun this season, in his first season he was not playing very well either. But that aside, Chelsea will most likely splash the cash again in January, to plug the gaps. Will they win the title again this year? As far as I'm concerned, they haven't played well this season at all. They need to step up a gear, and hope that Man U slips up a few more times.

3. Arsenal : Everyone except Arsene Wenger thinks Arsenal is out of the title race. He has a young team, and they're doing very well. Henry has been out for a while, and Adebayor has been excellent up front. I think the biggest revelation this season is that Gilberto has raised his game since he got the captain's armband in the absence of Henry. The captain's armband seems to inhibit Henry, he hasn't played well since he was appointed. Maybe Wenger should make Gilberto the permanent captain, and maybe we'll see the best of Henry. I think they'll make a top 4 place at the end of the day.

4. Bolton : This team has been getting better and better each season. From regular relegation battles, they are now looking at a regular European placed finish. Nicolas Anelka has finally settled into the team, and is scoring goals. Kevin Nolan is an excellent captain, and with characters like Gary Speed in the team, they have an excellent blend of youth and experience, while at the same time, they have a very cosmopolitan look to their team. Kudos must go to Sam Allardyce, he's building something special up there, and things can only get better.

5. Portsmouth : The surprise package of the season for sure. Last season, they escaped relegation by the skin of their teeth. A few new signings, and all of a sudden, they're winning matches, scoring goals, and closer to the top than the bottom. David James, Sol Campbell and Kanu Nwankwo have all been reinvigorated by whatever Harry Redknapp is putting in the water over there. Redknapp has proved himself once again, but a few injured may show how weak the team is in depth.

6. Liverpool : My team. At the beginning of the season, several pundits thought that this would be the team to push Chelsea. Several new signings, and we were all believing that this would be the season. So what's gone wrong? Well, the defense has been shaky at times, but recently they've shored things up again. At the beginning of the season, they couldn't win an away game, in fact, they couldn't score goals away from home !! Jermaine Pennant hasn't shown us his best, and arguably, Craig Bellamy as well. Steve Gerrard is still not back to his best after the World Cup, but sadly, the title is out of reach now. Hopefully, they'll be able to make a push for Champions League football, and try again next season. There's also the subject of the takeover, which could inject millions into the clubs transfer budget.

7. Tottenham : After last season's 5th place finish, the spurs have not been able to find their form this season. Things are picking up again though, and I'm very happy that Jermaine Defoe is scoring goals again. Berbatov has formed a good partnership with him up front. Tom Huddlestone and Aaron Lennon are two young players in this team that I reckon will make it all the way to the top.

8. Everton : David Moyes' team has not been at their best, but they are still in a good position. Andy Johnson has shown that he is indeed of premiership calibre, and has settled well into the team. Tim Cahill and Mikel Arteta have been the engine room of the team, but will they manage to qualify for Europe again? Maybe. They have a young Nigerian striker called Victor Anichebe who is destined for great things, he played against Chelsea a few weeks ago and had a good game.

9. Reading : Many predicted that they would struggle. But here they are in the top half of the table, and Kevin Doyle rubbing shoulders with Drogba, Kanu and Ronaldo in the top scorers chart. Steve Coppel has proved that he is an excellent manager, and they've managed to hold their ground and pull off a few wins here and there. As long as they pick up a few more points, relegation shouldn't be an issue, at least not this season.

10. Aston Villa : Last season was a battle for survival. Enter Martin O'Neil and the tables have turned dramatically. With basically the same set of players, the Villa managed to stay unbeaten till the 28th of October. Gabriel Agbonlahor have been a revelation this season. Then again, he has Nigerian blood in him, and it seems that the Nigerian players have all been on fire this season.

11. Newcastle: Injuries have meant that Newcastle struggled at the beginning of the season, but since Kieron Dyer came back, they've been winning matches. Oh, and there's the small matter of Nigerian wonderkid Obafemi Martins scoring goals every week. Did I mention that all the Nigerians have been on fire? It will be interesting to see Martins play upfront with Owen, when he returns. Two short strikers? Mmmmm.

12. Fulham : Chris Colemam has done well enough with the squad that he has. They are essentially a mid table team now, and should be floating in this region come the end of the season. Injuries to Bullard, Knight and Boa Morte have stretched the team to the limit, hopefully, they will do enough to survive. Again.

13. Manchester City : Stuart Pearce is a man who understands the fickleness of football. Last season, some people were clamoring for him to take the England job on the back of a few good results. Then, at the start of the season, he was supposedly under pressure, until his daughter gave him a toy horse as a good luck charm. Micah Richards has caught the attention of the England Manager, Joey Barton has been a dynamo in the middle, but I don't think this team will set the league on fire, not just yet.

14. Wigan : Last season's highflyers. The team is very different to the one that shook the league last season, but Paul Jewell should be able to keep them in the premiership for another year. Leighton Baines has caught the attention of several top clubs, and if he's still at Wigan at the end of the transfer window, Paul Jewell can hopefully gear up his boys for a push up the table to midtable glory.

15. Blackburn : Now who would have thought Blackburn would be down here, a bit too close to the relegation battle? After a 6th placed finish last season, Blackburn has not done too well this season, but without doubt, they have a strong team and a good manager. The team might look like they're too good to go down, but never forget West Ham in 2002/2003, who went down even though they had the 6th highest wage bill in the league.

16. Middlesbrough : Gareth Southgate struck a cheap shot when he blamed Steve Mclaren for his teams problems this season. In my onion, that is a load of CRAP. The team isn't that good, and the manager needs to step up his game. Will the club regret putting their faith in untried Southgate. We shall see.

17. Sheffield Utd : They were always expected to struggle, but and they're down here in the fight to stay in the top flight. Their manager is a real character, who on his day, makes Mourhino look shy. It's going to be a tough job for them to stay in, but a £5million war chest for the January transfer window will be appreciated by the manager, who 'bleeds red and white.'.

18. West Ham :  Last season was always going be difficult to live up to. West Ham should not have sacked Alan Pardew, but Alan Curbishley is a top manager, and should be able to get them out of this mess. Tevez and Mascherano's transfers are still shrouded in controversy, and everyone feels that it is their presence that is disrupting team spirit, but let's see how Curbishley handles it.

19. Charlton : 15 years with one manager, and then all of a sudden, 3 in one season. Charlton are going through managers like Christmas crackers, they have a rubbish team to boot. They're going down.

20. Watford : Aidan Boothroyd is my favourite manager in the premiership at the moment. The man is confidence personified, and is full of self belief, and his players absorb his energy and go out there and give him a good game. They're played well, but the results have not come. They are clearly punching above their weight, and it will be sad to see them go down.

P.S. Congratulations to Stevie Gerrard, who has been awarded an MBE in the Queen's New Year Honours list.

27.12.06

Christmas was………

GREAT !!!

My poor wife slaved in the kitchen for hours, but it was well worth it in the end, we had loads of food. There was a good mix of Nigerian and English food, the obligatory turkey, fried rice, jollof rice, gizzard, chicken, peppersoup, salad, plantain, vegetable, cake, spring rolls, cookies and chocolates; the table was literally groaning under the weight of it all !!

Baby O was surrounded by her cousins, and she smiled all day long and played with everyone, she didn't cry once !! She got loads of presents as well, I'm sure she didn't realise what was going on, but hopefully in years to come, the pictures will make her chuckle.

And yesterday, it was off to Brent Cross Shopping Centre, as my wife went bargain hunting. I had the task of looking after Baby O, imagine me standing in the middle of a ladies clothing shop, feeding the baby ?!?
Anyway, it was back to work today, but it was dead, so the manager promptly gave us all an extra day off.  So tomorrow, I'm going to put my feet up and relax after a frantic loooong weekend !!

19.12.06

Anyway day now….

It'll be Christmas. Less than a week to go, can you believe it? By this time next week, all the presents will be open, the leftover turkey will be in the fridge, and some of us will be getting ready to go back to work for a few more days.

Anyway, I've been getting busier and busier at work. It's mad. I thought things would slow down over Christmas, however, it hasn't. But busy is good. It sure beats bored.

I finally got around to buying a new PC, I'm sick to death of this slow one. The PC is so eliciting, I can't wait for it to arrive, 500GB Hard Drive, 2 GB of RAM and a graphics card. WOO HOO !! 7-10 days say Dell. Let's see how long it really takes.

Anyway, my brother is over here from the USA, my mum comes over from Nigeria tomorrow, my other brother is over from Gloucester(till tomorrow) so it's a full house. I've got my aunt and cousins coming over on Christmas day, so Baby O is going to have a really love filled Christmas.

Merry Christmas everyone !!

15.12.06

TOTAL RECALL !!

Following the well publicised problems with the Nintendo Wiimote, they have deicded to recall the wrist straps for all Wiis sold to date, following customer compliants. (A total of 3.2. millions straps)

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The newer version will hopefully be more rugged, as many gamers "Wii all day long". If you are affected, then order your new strap here. It looks like you don't need to return the old starp either, which is going to make things easier !

The company has also recalled 200,000 AC adapters for its DS and DS Lite consoles in Japan. Nintendo said the recall would not affect overseas adapters.

11.12.06

Where have I been?

Hey, I've been so busy over the last week or so, it's been unreal. I'm not complaining though, it's just that it's been so long since I've been able to do a reasonable blog.

My books from Dr. Rob arrived sometime last week. The books I got were:





Really cool, my wife is job hunting at the moment, so I'm sure the first one will be very helpful. I'll be reading the second one, will be useful to me at work as well. So, thanks again Dr. Rob !!

The little one is doing very well, but she's so active !! The other day, we left her lying on a mat, and I was in the room, my wife was in the kitchen, she turned her back, and the little girl had wriggled her way off the mat, off the blanket, and on to the carpet, where she proceeded to scream !! Very scary moment. But she's doing well, cries less and less each day, and is beginning to sleep more at night. She's slept through the night a handful of times, but even when she does wake up, it's just once and only for a very short time, which is good !!

Here's one of her latest pics:





It's great to see her smile, it really does melt my heart.

6.12.06

Nothing to say….

or so it would seem.

Just spent £300 on the car, sorting out a bad dent on the side. If you ever need an incentive to drive carefully, a dent might just do it for you. I think I'm in the wrong job, I should be fixing cars. I've spent £700 at garages in the last 2 months !!!

Anyway, I'll post something meaningful soon, maybe some new baby pics, eh?

1.12.06

29.11.06

A few Wii problems.

The Nintendo Wii was revolutionary. Nintendo didn't go after graphics or processing power, just good old fun. And they came up with a brilliant idea, the Wiimote. It's a motion sensing controller, so to play games on it, you move your hands around, and point, wielding the game's controller like a sword or swinging it like a tennis racket.

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Looks like fun !!

However, it may yet go down as one of those 'seemed like a good idea at the time' things. It's been less than 2 weeks since the Wii was unleashed on the public, and already two problems have occurred.

1. Wii Elbow: The Wall Street Journal reports that several couch potatoes and otherwise inactive gamers have been forced to do a lot more exercise than they were used to. Aching bodies, sore arms all round. But that's not the worst one.

2. The Flying Wiimote: The Wiimote is attached to your hand with a strap. But guess what? It breaks, sending the controller flying in the air.



40 inch HDTV screens
Laptops

The Wiiremote has hit pets, partners, windows, nothing is safe from the flying wiiremote.



Destruction everywhere !! There's now a blog to celebrate Wii chaos !!

27.11.06

Jumping to spiritual conclusions

Nigerians and their spirituality. I have just laughed my head off.

Check this out for a laugh or two.

Thanks to Katherine for spotting this.

25.11.06

Am I bovvered ??

Catherine Tate.

Comic genius.

One woman, who made 'bovvered' the word of the year in 2006, and it's currently being considered for inclusion in the prestigious Oxford Dictionary !!

Anyway, if you don't live in the UK, you'll wonder 'what's he talking about'? Let me take you on a journey...
Anyway, this clip introduced me to the Catherine Tate show and to the Lauren character.

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OK, so ho many times can you listen to "Am I bovvered?" and still find it funny? Or so I thought. But every time it comes up in a fresh, unique way !!

Check out this brilliant sketch of Lauren in Science class

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Then Lauren getting married ? (The day after this was on TV, my manager was doing an imitation all day!)

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Anyway, just when we thought she couldn't do any more, yesterday, I watched what I can say is one of the funniest comedy sketches EVER !!

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Pure genius !!

22.11.06

Thanksgiving

Folks over in the US of A are celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow. Working for an American company, this year will be the first time I've actually been affected by Thanksgiving, or even realised it was happening. In the spirit of this celebration, I've decided to list all the things I'm thankful for. So, here we go.....

1. I'm thankful for my family. I have the most supportive wife in the world, and now, we have a beautiful daughter as well. There's no better feeling in the world than going home to a loving family at the end of a stressful long day at work. Darling, I love you with everything I have, and will continue to do so as long as I'm breathing. (However, I will still have to enforce the ban on you going to Ikea only once every year, it's out of love!). And to my little princess, you're not old enough to read this, but I want you to know that I'm going to do all that I can to be a good dad. I promise. And to my parents, my siblings, my in-laws, my cousins, and the rest of my extended family, YOU GUYS ROCK !!

2. I'm thankful for my new job. I had a little taste of unemployment this year. It was a horrible experience, but thankfully, it's all in the past now. I know this job has been frustrating, and I've wanted to rip my hair out several times (didn't blog about it, so as not to worry my family), but I'm glad I work here. The last few days have turned out to be very rewarding, and all of a sudden, there's so much potential for personal growth, and career development here, that I'm glad I decided to stay.

3. I'm thankful for my friends. Not just the people I've met physically, but increasingly, the people I've met online and all fellow bloggers. You all know who you are. Thank you for being there for me, and I hope I've been as good a friend to you, as you have all been to me.

4. I'm thankful for my blog. I've made a lot of friends here, 20six and on platform27. I've shared my life with people from all over the world. I've had an avenue to vent out my frustrations, sorrows and joys. If you can, check out my technology blog.

5. With regards to number 4, I'm thankful for spam filters. Thanks to Akismet and Spam Karma 2, today was the day the 2,000th spam comment was stopped from appearing on this blog. Current spam count is 2,050. Hey, and by the way, I'm also thankful for free software. Firefox, Openoffice, Wordpress, Spamhilator, I could go on and on and on. I don't know what I'll do without you guys. Thanks. You're all worth your weight in gold.

6. Most of all I thank God for everything. Without him, there'd be no point in it all. Thanks for having my back.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone !!!

21.11.06

Have you ever….

has one of those days when everything goes wrong from the second you wake up?

Well, I had one of those today. Sadly, I also had my driving test today, and failed, in the pouring rain.

16.11.06

Warning

Going home for lunch to see your wife and your newborn baby is a great idea, and a lovely way to spend time with your family. However, please heed the following warning.


Carrying a baby when wearing a clean shirt is not advisable. Babies tend to throw up every now and then, and it might just be then.


In such a situation, you will be forced to change your shirt and go back to the office.

And guess what, no one even noticed I was wearing a different shirt !! I'm not sure how sad that is, but it must be high up there on the list !!

14.11.06

To sleep, or not to sleep, that is the question.

I've always found sleep difficult. Especially when I'm going through a stressful period in my life, going to bed doesn't mean going to sleep. I have been known to lie in bed for 4-5 hours, tired, but not able to sleep. I even saw a doctor about it, who gave me some really simple tips like having a regular time for going to bed, and waking up, and keeping to that schedule 7 days a week. I took sleeping pills for a while, but they made me wake up feeling tired, so what was the point? Anyway, before I digress too much, let me get to the 'meat' of this post. Having a baby for 6 weeks has made me realise that babies have that problem too, I even began to think maybe it's been with me since I was a child !!

You see, a tired baby doesn't automatically go to sleep, which was one of my biggest surprises as a new parent. Oh no. They cry. Our little girl will even scream and kick and punch you when she wants to sleep. You have to help the baby settle down. Obviously, different techniques work for different babies. Babies find that sucking calms them down, so sucking their hands, feeding and using a dummy tends to work. Our girl can't figure out how to fit her hand in her mouth yet, and she spits out her dummy, so it's a bit difficult. Then, rocking the baby in a sling or chair, or in your arms helps. Reducing stimulation, dim the lights, lower the volume, all these help as well. Which is all well and good, but when your baby wakes up at 3am, and you're half awake yourself, it's not easy to keep a level head.

Parenthood so far has been an incredible journey. I've learnt so much in the last 6 weeks !! This weekend was particularly significant. Usually, Baby O cries when I carry her, and until I give her to her mum, I will know no peace. However, this weekend, my wife went to get her hair done, so it was just the two of us. After some initial frustration and crying, we managed to get along. I finally felt like we'd bonded. So much so, when my wife came back, it was the other way around for a bit, the baby would cry until she gave her to me to carry !! Seeing her crack a smile always melts my heart, every single time.

She's got me wrapped around her little finger, and she knows it.

13.11.06

10.11.06

How far will you go to get your dream job?

Heard this on the radio when I went out for lunch.

A man called David Rose decided to go all out to get the job he wanted.

In order to persuade bosses to hire him, the 29-year-old first sent them a jack-in-the-box, with a picture of himself inside and the legend "Sometimes you don't have to think out of the box to get the right answer."

He followed that up with a pair of wine bottles, the first bearing a recorded message saying hello' and the second designed to look like a message in a bottle with a note inside with burned edges and deliberately aged with gravy.

Suprisingly, that didn't work. So he went all out, and erected a 6ft x 5ft billboard — with a picture of him aged six and the message: “When I grow up I want to work at Lawton.”

Check out the story here.

This article will be the perfect place to plug a blog I read regularly, about job hunting, career advice, office politics, etc. Rob Yeung is a business psychologist, who has also appeared on TV, BBC 3's "Get your Dream job" and he's currently showing on Living TV's "Jade's PA". Check out his blog, there's a lot of practical advice on surviving office politics, networking and much more !!

6.11.06

MILESTONE !!

She did it !!

Baby O has technically 'slept through the night' !! 

She fell asleep around midnight, and my wife was trying to wake her up when I left the house at 8.45 this morning.

EDIT: Baby O finally woke up at 10 am!!

4.11.06

Climate Change

Climate change has been on every one's lips this week, following the government sponsored report by Sir Nicolas Stern that in 50 years time, the economic effect of global warning will be a 20% drop in global GDP (gross domestic product). The UK government is trying to lead the rest of the world in tackling the issue, and armed with this report, they are trying to get other nations of the world to unite and tackle the problem.

There are murmurs of increasing taxation on air travel and petrol, and other measures to make us (the population) try and manage our carbon emissions. I think this approach is unfair and unworkable. The public transport system in the UK is currently expensive, unreliable and does not even exist in certain areas. For example, there is currently no way that I can use public transport to get to work, there is no bus route connecting both locations !! The only alternative is I walk for 15 minutes, take one bus, get off, take another bus, get off, walk for 20 minutes, and then I'm at work !! Now please tell me, why would I do that when it's a 12 minute drive? I'd pay any tax grudgingly, but when push comes to shove, it makes more sense for me to use my car !!

Yesterday on TV, in "The Amazing Mrs. Pritchard" the fictional prime minister came up with a brilliant idea, for one day a week, no non essential car journey could be made. She met up with a lot of protests, but in the end, the idea was a success. Will this kind of thing work? I'm not sure. If it was done today, I'd probably work from home on that day. However, not all of us are lucky enough to be able to work from home. Again, it's a short sighted solution to a long term problem.

Also, the popularity of carbon neutral schemes is increasing daily. Targetneutral.com allows you to offset your carbon emissions by you donating to causes that help to offset carbon emissions. I came across a 'carbon neutral hosting service' from a web hosting company called Rackspace, where they will ensure that the carbon emissions arising from powering your equipment is offset by sufficient tree planting. These are both brilliant ideas however:

1. They both require you or the company to pay for them.
2. What's the point if the amount of carbon other people are emitting is increasing on a daily basis?

Don't get me wrong, the more people who commit to schemes like this, the better. It's at least better than doing nothing !! Firms like Rackspace are showing leadership in this arena, and hopefully, others will follow their lead.

It's a tricky problem to tackle, but I believe there is only one way this problem can be solved. TECHNOLOGY.

TECHNOLOGY can be used to find a way of generating viable power without harming the environment. Technology can be used to power cars with electricity. Yes, electric or hybrid cars exist, but like most new technologies they are still expensive.

Richard Branson has caught on to this, and has decided that he will invest $3bn into developing renewable energy sources. It made the headlines, and he has been heralded as fighting the cause of the environmentalists. He's a really smart man though. He's seen a business opportunity, and with his company Virgin Fuels, aims to make a lot of money. If and when a renewable energy source is developed, the market for this product is MASSIVE.

So what can the government do? I think they should take a leaf out of Mr. Branson's book, and invest in research. Pour money into the universities research centres, sponsor conferences, and look at ways of helping people who are already looking at developing technology. There's a massive market for this, work towards co-ordination of people working on this, let them share information. There's so much they can do !! Invest in public transport. More buses, more trains, but also more routes, linking more destinations together. If you want to force people to use public transport, at least make it useable !!

Not like Dave 'The Chamelon' Cameroun, who talks about the environment, but has no feasible ideas on how to tackle the problem, other than change the logo of the Conservative party to a tree scribbled by a 3 year old. The Labour party is whispering about taxing us, or taxing businesses to either offset, or discourage carbon emissions. Emissions trading works, but in the end, the customer will pay for this through higher prices for products. And the USA has decided to sit on its hands, claiming that there is nothing they can do.

At the very least, technology is a massive business opportunity. We owe it to our children to look after the planet, and leave it in a habitable state !!

EDIT: Interesting fact I picked up over the weekend. If every single light in the UK is turned off, guess what? China will make up for the difference in carbon emissions in 13 months !!!

Now how did this happen????

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3.11.06

Nigeria gets first female governor

Today, Nigeria has her first female governor. But not without controvesy of course, 64 year old Virginia Etiaba was the deputy governor of the state until 4am this morning, when her boss was impeached in spectacular fashion. Only in Nigeria will a state house of assembly take a vote to impeach the governor at 4am. She initially refused to take the job, but has been sworn in this morning.

She's Anambra State's 3rd governor in the current 4 year term (4th if you count the short period when a previous governor, Chris Ngige 'resigned'). And all is not well in Nigeria, 3 states have now impeached their governors, Oyo state is in chaos as a court ruling means they effectively have 2 governors, and Ekiti state is under emergency rule after a similar fiasco. Plateau state is also in the process of impeaching their governor. All this, ahead of elections next year.

God help Nigeria.

Just another crazy mobile phone?

 

Japan's NTT DoCoMo has created a mobile phone specifically for women. And that doesn't just mean the phone comes in pink.

The D702iF rings to inform a woman that she's ovulating, by keying data on menstruation dates. It also has a recipe database and a button which sets off a dummy ringtone, allowing the user to pretend she has an incoming call. The perfect way to escape from a bad date (or so I'm told), or a boring meeting.

Almost exactly 3 years ago, I blogged about this company. At the time they had created an invisible mobile phone. I wonder what happened to that...........

2.11.06

Alternate Plans

I could have thought of a million ways to spend my birthday. But never in a million years would I have chosen hanging out with my family in a hospital ward.

A children's hospital ward. Yup, little Baby O gave us a fright !! My dad said maybe that was her way of saying happy birthday !!

Around 4pm, I called home to check everyone was alright, and my wife was concerned about the baby. I rushed home and we took her to the GP, projectile vomiting was the initial complaint, but the GP thought her temperature was high, so it was off to the hospital to see the paediatrician. The paediatrician said the high temperature was probably due to the baby wearing 3 layers of clothing (and being covered by a blanket), and did a urine test. Then another urine test. And a blood test. My poor baby had a needle stuck in her arm...and she didn't even cry, the brave little thing. They left the needle in, in case they needed to give her drugs later, and she was placed under observation for 24 hours. I left my wife and daughter in the hospital and went home around 10.30 pm. All the local takeaways were closed by the time I got home, so my birthday dinner was home made chips and a few sausages, not exactly the best I've had !!

Anyway, the baby was discharged on Tuesday morning, although we had to hang for what seemed like forever before we could leave. Got home in the middle of the afternoon. And she's back to her usual self, my precious little princess.

What was wrong? Well on Sunday, we went out to see a friend who had given birth a week before my wife. Before we left, we had run out of expressed breast-milk, so our friend was only too happy to give us some SMA gold formula milk. Baby loved it, and finished an entire bottle ! However, all was not well the next day, as her body seemed to be unable to process the formula.

The motto of this story is: BREAST IS BEST !!

I always thought breastfeeding was a straightforward thing. I have since come to see how much it entails, and the level of commitment needed from the nursing mother to continue breastfeeding, with back pains, sore/cracked nipples high up on a list of complaints. I now know why there are so many breastfeeding support groups and the like.

To all you mums out there, we appreciate you immensely. Well, I do.

30.10.06

Today is….

My birthday !!

It's the perfect way to top off an incredible weekend:

Saturday: Baby O was one month old

Sunday: Wedding anniversary

Monday: Birthday.........

Let's have a blog party...........WOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

29.10.06

Wedding Anniversary

I'm writing this post on Friday, and it's set to auto publish on Sunday. So bear in mind that at this point in time, I don't know what my wife's reaction will be when she sees her gifts !! 

So what did I get my wife?

First of all, keeping with the theme of our paper anniversary, I started leaving her love notes, hidden around the house, staring from 5 days to the anniversary. I left them in places where I knew she'd find them in the course of the day, it was actually quite fun !!

And on the day itself, her gifts were:

1. Gift Vouchers for Clarks. She wanted a pair of shoes, I wanted to give her something made out of paper. This way, we both won !!
2. A Message in a bottle:


with a personalised love poem inside. The day I got it, I took out the cork with my teeth, and had sand in my mouth all day !!

3. A handwritten love letter. It's about 10-12 pages long (I think)

And that's it !! I hope she likes them !!

It's my birthday tomorrow as well, she's buying me a camera for that, I can't wait to take cute baby pics !!

26.10.06

Letter to Baby O

Sleep, cry, eat, sleep, cry, eat, sleep, cry, eat, sleep, cry, eat, sleep, cry, eat, sleep, cry, eat, sleep, cry, eat...........

 That's all you seemed to do for your first few weeks on this earth. You almost drove me and your poor mother mad !! (Her more than me, as she had to feed you when you were hungry). But recently, we've noticed that you're changing, and changing pretty fast.

From about when you were two weeks old, you started lifting up your head when we laid you on your stomach. Now, you can hold your head up (it makes the crying louder). And you've become so mobile. You don't like lying on your back, you always seem to turn and lie on your side when you're sleeping. And when you're awake, we have to be really careful, because you roll around, sometimes a bit suddenly, and in short jerky movements. We can't leave you on the bed anymore, because you almost rolled yourself to the floor once. You are certainly an active baby !! You were active in your mum's womb (and almost got yourself into a lot of trouble for that), and you're continuing to do that. Mmmm....could we have a female athlete on our hands ? I've checked your fingers, and you qualify !!

Two nights ago, you slept in your cot, and only woke up once for a feed !! (5am). Your mum got some much needed sleep !! We were both very happy, and thought it was the start of you sleeping through the night. However, last night, you woke up quite a few times. But take your time, don't rush it. I've been sleeping in the guest room, as your mum likes to have you nearby when you want to feed, and there isn't enough space on that bed for 3 of us. I miss my bed, and I miss my wife, but I love you both so much, I'm willing to sacrifice until you start sleeping through the night. And I have a feeling it will be soon !!

Also, you no longer cry all the time when you're awake. Now, you're always looking around, studying everything around you. It's an exciting phase to see you darting your big eyes all over the room, staring at everything, taking in your environment. And it sure beats crying !! You've managed to give us a few half smiles, but your mum and I are waiting patiently for the first time you smile. It will make my heart melt.

And on Saturday, you'll be one month old !! Wow, how time flies !! Before you know it, you'll be dating, and we'll start having sleepless nights again !

In March this year, at the Oscar awards, one of the winners, Reese Witherspoon (I wonder what she'll be doing by the time you're old enough to read this!), in her acceptance speech, said:

".......I am so blessed to have my family here tonight. My mother and my father are here. And I just want to say thank you so much for everything, for being so proud of me. It didn't matter if I was making my bed or making a movie. They never hesitated to say how proud they were of me. And that means so very much to a child. So thank you, Mom and Dad......"


And when I heard that, your mum was about 2 months pregnant with you. It was just dawning on us that we would be parents. And I told myself, that's the kind of dad I want to be. That's how I want my child to feel about me.

So whether you become a world champion tennis player, a professor of mathematics, a future secretary general of the UN or a hairdresser, I want you to know that your mum and dad will always be proud of you. And that no matter what happens, we will love you unconditionally. You will always have a place in our hearts.

Lots of love,
Your dad

24.10.06

Software Training

A fellow computer programmer for a consulting group had designed some software for one of our largest accounts. He asked my help in putting it into operation.


At first, he handled most of the work. Eventually, though, he asked me to help with the last phase of the training.


When I sat down with one woman and told her I would be showing her how to make changes to the files, she sighed with relief. "I'm so glad you're teaching me instead of him."


Surprised, I said that my colleague was far more experienced than I was.
"Yes," she said, "but I feel much more comfortable with you. I get nervous around really smart people."

I’ve been tagged…..

by the fabulous culturalmiscellany:

Four jobs you've had in your life

  1. Systems Engineer, Nigerian American Merchant Bank
  2. Customer Service Engineer, Manifold Computers, Lagos
  3. Slave aka Shelf stacker/till , Bargain Booze, Liverpool
  4. IT Trainer, Certschool

Four jobs you wish you had

  1. Footballer
  2. Basketballer
  3. Bestselling author
  4. Professor of Nuclear Engineeing

Four Movie you can watch over and over again

  1. Cool Runnings (the best movie in the world!)
  2. Moulin Rouge
  3. Blues Brothers 2000 (Funny thing, I've never seen the original one!)
  4. The Lion King

Four cities you've lived in

  1. Lagos, Nigeria (Surulere born and raised !!)
  2. Ile-Ife, Nigeria
  3. Liverpool, UK
  4. London, UK

Four TV shows you love to watch

  1. CSI
  2. CSI New York
  3. CSI Miami
  4. House

Four places you've been on vacation/travelled to

  1. Liverpool, UK (Before I lived there of course!)
  2. Prague, Czech Republic
  3. Lille, France
  4. Madrid, Spain

Four websites you visit daily

  1. http://news.bbc.co.uk
  2. http://www.google.co.uk (Home page!)
  3. http://www.digitalspy.co.uk
  4. http://www.engadget.com

Four of your favourite foods

  1. Beans and plantain
  2. Suya
  3. Pounded Yam and Egusi
  4. Chicken

Four things you won't eat

  1. Olives
  2. Black Pudding (HELL NO)
  3. Anything with Coffee in it (just like Katherine !)
  4. Sushi (Cook it, cook it, cook it!!!)

Four things you wish you could eat right now

  1. Suya (Original, from beef)
  2. Chicken Suya
  3. Turkey Suya
  4. Bread and.....(you guessed it!) Suya

Four things in your bedroom

  1. My wife
  2. Walk-in wardrobe
  3. Cot
  4. Wall-mounted 26 inch flat screen TV (Dell)

Four things you wish you had in your bedroom

  1. Wall-mounted 37 inch flat screen TV (Dell)
  2. Xbox 360
  3. Waterbed
  4. New PC

Four things I'm wearing right now

  1. T-shirt
  2. Track bottoms
  3. My 3 week old daughter, she's lying on my chest fast asleep
  4. Slippers (flip flops)

One place I'd rather be right now

  1. Lagos

One fictional place I'd rather be right now

  1. My personal island paradise in the Carribean

Four people you'd really love to have dinner with

  1. Stevie Gerrard
  2. Nelson Mandela
  3. Mohammed Ali
  4. Martin Luther King

Four things I'm thinking right now

  1. Baby O has done a number 2
  2. I need to take this girl to her mother, she's crying and might be hungry
  3. I really need to go to bed
  4. Planning a scheme for giving my wife her anniversary present

Four of your favourite things/people

  1. My wife
  2. My daughter
  3. The frdge
  4. My George Foreman Grill

Four People I tag

  1. sppadic
  2. Luminus
  3. Young Mummy
  4. Mylozmom

And that's alll folks !!

22.10.06

To buy or not to buy

Our wedding anniversary is in exactly one week. I can't believe I've been married for just one year, so much has happened since that day, that is seems like it's been so much longer!

Still, it's a wonderful thing, and it's been a tremendous journey, if I had to do it all over again, I'd still choose my wife. She's simply the best thing that has ever happened to me, no contest (although my daughter is a very close second!).

Anyway, I've been racking my brains on what to buy as a gift. Traditionally, the first anniversary is known as the paper anniversary, so I really wanted to find something that was paper themed or made out of paper. Something that would show how much she means to me. I had so many options:

  • Concert Tickets - at one point I reserved front row seats for a Take6 concert in London

  • Framed Share certificate for Mothercare or Tiffany's

  • Newspaper from the day she was born or our wedding day

  • Framed photo of both of us

  • Artwork: Drawing of the church we got married, or historic map of Nigeria.


And so many more came to my mind.

Also, I could have gone with the contemporary route, then the gift would have been clock based:

  • Week in Milan to see her sister

  • Personalized Clock

  • Watch


I've been racking my brains for the last 3 weeks trying to decide what the best gift was. It didn't help when my wife hinted very strongly that she'd like a pair of shoes. Anyway, I've finally got 2 gifts, one is made out of paper, and the other is probably better described as a paper-BASED gift. I really hope she likes them, as she's really gone all out for my gifts !! I'm thinking of adding one more gift, but I'm not sure if I'll have time to ' prepare it'. We'll see.

On Sunday, I'll let ya'll know what the gifts are (don't worry, it's none of the ones listed above!).

18.10.06

Game on?

The conflict in Palestine has been made into a game, which aims to educate people on the conflict between Palestine and Israel, and why the problem just won't go away. Global Conflict: Palestine is set for release in 'early 2007' and centres on a young journalist who has arrived in Israel. You have an opportunity to look at the issues from 3 angles, a pro-Israeli angle, a pro-Palestinian angle and a balanced view. The player walks around a city which resembles Jerusalem and the surrounding area talking to people. As the conflict intensifies, however, the situation becomes increasingly complex and exposes some of the reasons for the ongoing violence.

This release follows MTV's Darfur is dying, a game which I have played a few times. In this game, you choose a character to try and get water, while hiding from the patrols. The first thing you learn is that you can't pick a 30 year old man to go and look for water, as he will most likely be killed by militia. When you get caught by the militia, it tells you what would happen in real life, i.e. women getting raped and abused, and the outcome for boys, girls. After this game was released, there were tens of thousands of people who wrote to politicians urging action on Darfur. It attempts to be a little hard-hitting, but it gets a message across, innocent people are dying in Sudan.

I'm not sure if the games get the necessary message across, as I am of the opinion that games will trivialise the conflicts involved. But I'm a news conscious person, with an interest in politics and none of these stories are news to me, however, the games are targeted at people who either have never heard about the conflicts or do not know the full extent of what is going on. And it would appear that Darfur is dying got the required respone, but then it was backed by the might of MTV (music channel), and it was free.

It remains to see if Global Conflict: Palestine will be free, and will have the desired impact, but I think that all in all, it's not a bad idea.

15.10.06

Baby Pics

I've finally sorted out my online photo album. I lost all the info and view statistics on the old album, but hey, it's all new now. My guestbook has also been wiped clean, so I currently have no entries, so if you can, please pop along here and leave a line or two ?

Anyway the baby pics are here.

My favourite pic is this one, of my daughter and my niece.

Femi and Lara

The rest of the photo album is here. The new software can also do videos, although I think I'm going to start using YouTube for that, as I'm running out of space on the server. Anyway, let's see if we can embed a video into here, this is a video of the baby's first car journey, leaving the hospital.

[avi width="320" height="240"]http://www.bunmi.co.uk/photos/albums/Uploads/Omolara%20Week%202/Going_Home.AVI[/avi]

*It seems the video only seems to work in Internet Explorer, and you need a DivX Plugin to see it* 

14.10.06

Friday the 13th…..

Has come and gone, but I'll feel the effects of it for a few months.

I took my mum to the airport this morning, and on my way out, my car window just collapsed into the door. I was hoping it wouldn't cost a fortune to repair, but apparently, it's going to cost £380 !! That kind of money was not in my budget, and I don't know when I'll be able to pay that off. To make matters worse, since it happened on a Friday, they can't order the parts till Monday, so I'm stuck all weekend without a car, which means no shopping for the Boso household. Not that we can afford to go shopping anyway.......

I will be posting baby pics tomorrow (hopefully). My online photo album went kaput when I upgraded the software, and so did my guestbook, so I'm having to rebuild both of them from scratch. I've been doing that since Monday, and they should both be ready by the end of the weekend.

8.10.06

Isomo Loruko

That's Yoruba for 'Naming Ceremony'.

A naming ceremony is traditionally held on the baby's 8th day of life (Exactly one week after the child is born). The Yoruba take names seriously, for names have meaning and are believed to live out their meaning. Thus serious effort is put into naming a new baby. Also, the baby's name is not traditionally chosen before the child is born, but is based on a significant event or circumstance at the time of their birth.

As they say, ile ni a n wo, ki a to so omo l'oruko. That is, we have to pay attention to the tradition and history of the family before we give names to a child.



Anyway, before I ramble on for too long, here were the names that were chosen for Baby O yesterday, and their meanings.

  1. Omolara - "This child is family" or "This child is ours"

  2. Olufunke - "God's gift for me to nurture/pet" or "God has given me to care for"

  3. Olatunde - "Wealth has come to me again"

  4. Harmony - English name, translates to "Irepo" in Yoruba

  5. Temitope - "I have a reason to give thanks"

  6. Ololade - "The wealthy one has come"

  7. Abimbola - "Born into wealth"

  8. Foyinsola - "Add honey to wealth"

  9. Yewande - "My mother has returned"

  10. Joy - English name, translates to "Ayo" in Yoruba

  11. Arinola - "Right in the midst of wealth"

  12. Adeoti -"Unblemished crown"

  13. Adiaha Ete - Efik name means "First daughter"

  14. Makamba - Efik name means "My old mother is with me again"

  15. Blessing - English name, translates to "Ibukun" in Yoruba


Significance of some of these names


Olufunke - was my wife's mum's name. She passed away in 2002.
Olatunde - was my grandmother's name. She passed away in June this year. Yewande is a name given when an elderly woman in the family passed away shortly before a baby was born. (In this case, my grandma)
Abimbola - is my wife's name. It's also my mother's name !!
Adiaha Ete and Makamba were given by an aunt of mine who lived in Calabar for years. She speaks Efik, and has given all of us Efik names. Mine is Etekamba. I'm not sure if the meanings (or even the spellings!) are correct, so I'm hoping someone out there can help me out with them.


The actual ceremony


I was going to do this as a separate post, but I've decided to combine everything into one post.

During the naming ceremony, the family and the community welcome a new child and accept joint responsibility for raising it. As part of the ceremony, items used in everyday life are presented to the child as symbolic gifts. The basic items are water, salt, honey, sugar, Alligator Pepper, kola nut, bitter kola,wine, dried catfish, and palm oil. The pen and a book, especially the Bible or the Koran, are fairly recent additions to the ceremony.

Traditionally, each of the items used in the ceremony is rubbed on the child's lips. Today, for health reasons, the mother and father of the child tastes the food items instead of the infant.

Water (Omi) - Water has no enemies, because everything in life needs water to survive. It is everlasting. You cannot hold it in your hands, it will escape.
The child will never be thirsty in life, and like water, no enemies will slow her growth.

Palm Oil (Epo) - Palm oil is used to prevent rust, to lubricate and to massage and soothe the body.
The child will have a smooth and easy life.

Bitter Kola (Orogbo) - Unlike most other kolas, bitter kola lasts a very long time, and does not drop until it is fully ripe.
The child will have a very long life.

Kola nut (Obi) - Kola nut is chewed, and then spit out.
The child will repel all the evil in life.

Honey (Oyin) and Sugar - is used as a sweetener for food.
The child's life will be sweet and happy.

Alligator Pepper (Ata) - has many seeds within its fruit.
The child will have a fruitful life with lots of children.

Salt (Iyo) - Salt adds flavour to food.
The child's life will not be ordinary, but will be filled with flavour, happiness and substance.

Other items which are traditionally used (but which we didn't use yesterday), are :

Fish (Eja) - The fish uses its head to find its way in water, no matter how rough the water is.
The child will find its way in life and never drown, even through rough times.

The Pen - The pen is very important today, because it can be used for both good and evil.
The child will not use the pen for evil and no one will use it for evil against him/her.

The book (Iwe) - The book (bible or Quran) contains the word of God.
The child will be 'God smart' and 'Book Smart'. And may God follow him/her, and he/she follows in God's path.

5.10.06

The Nappy Hours…….

"She's my little girl,
And that's ok,
She cries all night
And she sleeps all day"

The Nappy hours have begun. My wife is sleeping now, the little girl having taken every single ounce of energy she has. So I'm on duty, I just fed Baby O now, and she's sleeping. I should really try and get some sleep now, before she wakes up !!

For some reason, she doesn't like her cot. We've got a carrier from the buggy which is flat, and we're using it like a Moses' basket, even though it has straps and stuff in it. She sleeps ok in that, and when she's lying on my chest, she sleeps as well (Bless her). But put her in her cot, and she's awake in less than 10 minutes. And soon, the crying will start. We haven't figured out why she doesn't like the cot, but one thing is for sure, she doesn't like it. We don't know what to do, my wife had to sleep in the living room last night !! It's only been 3 days though, maybe she'll get used to it eventually.

Anyway, all is well. We're having a traditional naming ceremony on Saturday, although it's family and close friends only. Hopefully, I'll post some pics of that. My sister in law wrecked my camera, so I've been using my mobile phone and camcorder to take pictures, but very few of them have been to my satisfaction. But hopefully, I'll find a decent camera on Saturday.

1.10.06

How Baby O came into the world….

*Warning, very long post*

I've left my beautiful girls at the hospital. I felt like I was tearing a part of my heart away, leaving them behind. But I'm so grateful to God, because it could have been so different. It's been a rollercoaster of emotions, to say the least.

It all began at 7pm, when we left for the hospital. Before that, my wife had dutifully gotten the cot ready for Baby O.

Suitcase all packed, and we were ready to go !! We prayed together, and off we went.

The plan was simple, I was to drop her in the induction ward, and go home by 9pm. When she goes into labour, I would get a phone call and meet her in the labour ward. But as with most things in life, it didn't go according to plan.

Mrs Boso was hooked up to a monitor which was checking the baby's heartbeat.

It was only meant to be on her for about 15 minutes, but they noticed some 'dips' in the graph for the baby's heartbeat, and left it on for an hour.

I hate hospitals. My mum is a doctor, so I grew up around hospitals, and when she started her own clinic, I was there a lot. I find that hospitals are a place of despair, where you see so many worried or sad faces. I can't stand it. I can't stand needles. I can't stand blood. I can't stand any of it, nurses, doctors, the very sight of them causes my blood to boil. (No offence to any doctor reading this).

So when I saw the doctors, nurses and midwives 'huddle' and talk about the chart, I had a feeling something was wrong. I tried to pry information from the doctor, but she gave nothing away, all she told me was 'We're just taking every precaution'.

My wife was feeling sleepy, but I was determined not to leave until they removed the monitor. However, she wanted to sleep, so I left at about 10pm. I got home, did the dishes, and was about to take off my shoes when my phone rang.

The midwife said that they were concerned about the baby's heartbeat, and that they had moved my wife to the labour ward, and they needed me to be with her as she was worried, and 'needed to see a familiar face'. I could see through all the sugar coating, and demanded to know what had happened. Bless her, she did her very best not to panic me, and asked me to 'drive carefully and not have an accident on the way'.

I grabbed my car keys, and ran out of the house. Jumped in the car, and it took all of my will power not to drive like a maniac. There was an accident on the route, so I had to take another way, which just added to my worry. I eventually got there, and made my way to the labour ward.

What had happened in my absence is that the baby's heartbeat had dropped drastically, and set off an alarm. Before my poor wife could figure out what was going on, she was whisked off to the labour ward, and they explained to her that the baby was in distress and they needed to do an emergency Caesarean section. By the time I got there, they updated me, and I was told to quickly change into my 'scrubs'.

My wife was worried, so worried. I didn't know what to say to her. I held her hand, and we said a quick prayer. It was short, but I've never prayed a more heartfelt prayer in my life. We were whisked into the theatre. The midwife and nurse did their best to tell us not to worry, that it was probably nothing, and that everything would be alright.

Looking at everyone in the theatre, I noticed that there was a sense of urgency. They were all working like every second counted. It was so scary. I focused on making sure my wife didn't panic, but it was SO HARD. The pediatrician was already waiting there before we got there, ready to examine the baby as soon as she was born.

The procedure started. It was nerve racking, but thankfully, it was also quick. At 11.24pm, Baby O made her way into this world. It took a few minutes, but she soon started to cry. Then I heard one of the the doctors say 'there's a true knot in the umbilical cord'. And then the doctor told me that was most likely caused the baby to be in distress.

She was handed over to the pediatrician, and the midwife asked me to come and see her. She looked so tiny, as they gave her oxygen, and the pediatrician checked her out. I caught a few glimpses of the doctors sewing up my wife back up, it was so gory !! But anyway, back to Baby O.

She was so gorgeous !! She had one eye open, and was looking like she was in shock. The pediatrician confirmed that everything was fine, and that it was probably the umbilical cord that caused the distress, they would watch her for a few days, but she was fine. We took the baby over to see her mother, who was under anaesthetic, but managed to say hello to her daughter.

After the operation, we were taken back to the labour ward, where I was allowed to hold my angel for the first time. It was such a wonderful feeling !! I sang to my little girl, I held her, I rocked her, and looked into her beady eyes. When I put her down, she cried a little, so I picked her up again. It was love at first sight.

I finally left the hospital at 2am. I was so tired, as I was awake since 5am the morning before, but I couldn't sleep. I did a quick 'google' on the Internet, and found out what a close call we'd had. Apparently, a 'true knot' in the umbilical cord is one of the most common causes of a stillbirth. Already today, I've spoken to someone who knows a baby that died that way. I got on my knees and thanked God for his many mercies.

Today was routine, I spent most of the day running around, buying stuff for my wife, and helping her in the hospital. I couldn't get enough of my little princess. I held her at every opportunity, she even threw up on me !! But she's doing very well.

Mrs. Boso is recovering well, and if all goes well, she'll be home on Tuesday or Wednesday. I've had LOADS of texts, phone calls and emails from friends congratulating me. Thank you all so very much.

Anyway, I'm home now. I'm going to have to work very hard at the housework, and helping with the baby till I go back to work on the 16th. But I'm so grateful. When I got back today, and I saw the baby seat, I almost burst into tears.

It could have been so, so different.

She’s here !!!!

Baby O was born last night by C-Section. She showed up at 11.24pm, weighing in at 6lb10oz. (about 3kg). Mum is recovering very well, and Baby O is healthy and is sleeping right now. Will hopefully post again tomorrow night.

29.9.06

He made the people happy

 

'Some people believe football is a matter of life and death, I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.'  

Bill Shankly


 

 

 Today, we remember Bill Shankly, who died exactly 25 years ago. He managed the great club called Liverpool from 1959-1974, taking them from the bottom of the second division to becoming the best team in the country. After he left, the foundations he laid down led to an unprecedented six league titles and three European Cups in nine seasons for his successor, Bob Paisley.

Shanks is the reason why I'm a Liverpool fan. His anecdotes and quotes are stuff of legend. And I personally think the best way to remember him is to remember the things he said:

'If you are first you are first. If you are second you are nothing.' 



Radio Merseyside reporter to Shankly: 'Mr Shankly, why is it that your teams' unbeaten run has suddenly ended?' Shanks replied: 'Why don't you go and jump in the lake?'   
 
'Liverpool was made for me and I was made for Liverpool.' 
  


To a translator, when being surrounded by gesticulating Italian journalists - 'Just tell them I completely disagree with everything they say!' 
 
'The trouble with referees is that they know the rules, but they don't know the game.' 
 
'Son, you'll do well here as long as you remember two things. Don't over-eat and don't lose your accent.' - to Ian St John when he signed for Liverpool. 
  
 
To a journalist who suggested Liverpool were struggling – 'Ay, here we are with problems at the top of the league.' 
 

Talking to a reporter about Roger Hunt – 'Yes Roger Hunt misses a few, but he gets in the right place to miss them.' 
 

Explaining to Kevin Keegan what's expected of him at Anfield - 'Just go out and drop a few hand grenades all over the place son!' 
 

'I know this is a sad occasion, but I think that Dixie would be amazed to know that even in death he could draw a bigger crowd to Goodison than Everton on a Saturday afternoon' – speaking at the funeral of Everton legend Dixie Dean 
  
 
'If Everton were playing at the bottom of the garden, I'd pull the curtains.' 
  
 
'Sickness would not have kept me away from this one. If I'd been dead, I would have had them bring the casket to the ground, prop it up in the stands, and cut a hole in the lid.' - after beating Everton in the 1971 FA Cup semi-final 
 

Addressing the Liverpool fans who turned up in their thousands to welcome the team home despite losing to Arsenal in the 1971 FA Cup Final - 'Chairman Mao has never seen a greater show of red strength.' 
  
After signing Ron Yeats - 'With him in defence, we could play Arthur Askey in goal.' 
 

To Alan Ball after he'd signed for Everton - 'Never mind Alan, at least you'll be able to play next to a great team' 
 

To Tommy Smith after he'd turned up for training with a bandaged knee - 'Take that poof bandage off, and what do you mean YOUR knee, it's LIVERPOOL'S knee !' 
 
 
To the players after failing to sign Lou Macari - 'I only wanted him for the reserves anyway.'



To Ian St John - 'If you're not sure what to do with the ball, just pop it in the net and we'll discuss your options afterwards.' 
  
 
'In my time at Anfield we always said we had the best two teams on Merseyside - Liverpool and Liverpool reserves.' 
 


About the This-is-Anfield plaque - 'This is to remind our lads who they're playing for, and to remind the opposition who they're playing against.' 
  
 
'Of course I didn't take my wife to see Rochdale as an anniversary present. It was her birthday amd would I have got married during the football season? Anyway, it was Rochdale reserves.' 
 
Shankly to the Brussels hotel clerk who queried his signing 'Anfield' as his address on the hotel register: 'But that's where I live.' 
  
 
Shankly explaining rotation to a reporter - 'Laddie, I never drop players, I only make changes.' 
  
Comparing the Anfield pitch to other grounds - 'It's great grass at Anfield, professional grass!' 
  
'The difference between Everton and the Queen Mary is that Everton carry more passengers!' 
  
To a local barber, who in 1968 had asked 'Anything off the top? Shanks retorted: 'Aye, Everton!' 
On awaiting Everton's arrival for a derby game at Anfield, Shankly gave a box of toilet rolls to the doorman and said: 'Give them these when they arrive – they'll need them!' 
  
'I always look in the Sunday paper to see where Everton are in the league – starting, of course, from the bottom up.' 
  
To Chris Lawler during a training session at Melwood – 'Was it a goal? Was I off-side?' Lawler replied: 'You were boss.' Shanks then quipped: 'Christ, son, you've been here four years, hardly said a word and, when you do, it's a bloody lie!' 
  
To Tommy Smith during training – 'You son, could start a riot in a graveyard.' 
 

'There's Man. Utd and Man. City at the bottom of Division 1, and by God they'll take some shifting.' 
  
'It's a 90 minute game for sure. In fact I used to train for a 190 minute game so that when the whistle blew at the end of the match I could have played another 90 minutes.' 
 

On a wartime Scotland v England match – 'We absolutely annihilated England. It was a massacre. We beat them 5-4.' 
  
 
After losing to Ajax in the 1967 European Cup - 'We cannae play these defensive continental sides!'
 
Shanks and Tommy Docherty were at a game. There was a player every other club coveted on view. Docherty said to Shanks: '100,000 wouldn't buy him.' Shanks retorted: 'Yeah, and I'm one of the 100,000!' 
  
What Shanks disliked about football: 'The end of the season.' 
 

On hearing a rival manager was unwell: 'I know what's wrong - he's got a bad side!' 
 

To reporters after a 3-0 defeat – 'They're nothing but rubbish. Three breakaways, that's all they got.' 
 

Talking about Tommy Smith – 'If he isn't named Footballer of the Year, football should be stopped and the men who picked any other player should be sent to the Kremlin.' 
  

After winning the FA Cup in 1974 Shankly goes into a fish and chip shop and orders a fish supper. The woman at the counter asks: 'Mr Shankly, shouldn't they be having steak suppers?' Shanks replied: 'No lass, they'll get steak suppers when they win the double!' 
  
To the Anfield PA during a match – 'Jesus Christ, son, can ye no' talk into that microphone when the players are in the penalty box. You're putting them off, you're doing more damage than the opposition.' 
  
Shankly on boardroom meetings - 'At a football club, there's a holy trinity - the players, the manager and the supporters. Directors don't come into it. They are only there to sign the cheques.' 
  
Talking about the Liverpool fans – 'I'm just one of the people who stands on the kop. They think the same as I do, and I think the same as they do. It's a kind of marriage of people who like each other.' 
  
Explaining on what the off-side rule should be - 'If a player is not interfering with play or seeking to gain an advantage, then he should be.' 
  
'I was only in the game for the love of football - and I wanted to bring back happiness to the people of Liverpool.' 
  
'"If you can't make decisions in life, you're a bloody menace. You'd be better becoming an MP!' 
  
When told he had never experienced playing in a derby - 'Nonsense! I've kicked every ball, headed out every cross. I once scored a hat-trick; One was lucky, but the others were great goals.' 
 

After a 0-0 draw at Anfield – 'What can you do playing against 11 goalposts!'
 
Waxing lyrical about Ian Callaghan - 'He typifies everything that is good in football, and he has never changed. You could stake your life on Ian.' 
 
 
'Fire in your belly comes from pride and passion in wearing the red shirt. We don't need to motivate players because each of them is responsible for the performance of the team as a whole. The status of Liverpool's players keeps them motivated.' 
  
 
'Football is a simple game based on the giving and taking of passes, of controlling the ball and of making yourself available to receive a pass. It is terribly simple.'


On the leaving of Liverpool – 'It was the most difficult thing in the world, when I went to tell the chairman. It was like walking to the electric chair. That's the way it felt.'

Rest in peace old man. Rest in peace.

28.9.06

By this time next week…

I'll be a father. It's beginning to dawn on me. It's closer than ever, and somehow, I'm only beginning to realise it.

No, she hasn't arrived yet. We're dangerously close to the induction date, and it's beginning to look like this one is going all the way. My wife has been remarkably brave and dignified about the whole thing, personally, I'd have fallen to pieces. My respect for her has tripled. I had a discussion about childbirth with a colleague at work yesterday, and we both agreed, men can NEVER, EVER handle the childbirth process. We're too rational, too 'get-up-and-go', we would have figured out a way to get the foetus out as soon as it was conceived, and put it in a test tube in some lab, and come back and fetch our kids after 9 months.

Anyway, I will do my best to post on my blog when the event finally happens, but in the meantime, please keep us in your prayers, and you can all PLEASE leave words of encouragement for my wife, she reads the blog and I'm sure she'll be glad to see that there are other people thinking of her.

26.9.06

Taking bets

Staff in my office have started placing bets on whether our baby will be a boy or a girl. Now, I know, I know the answer and to be fair, I've only told one of them. ;) But hey, it's all a bit of fun.

I think it will be more interesting to guess when she'll finally arrive. I've got a hunch that she'll show up on the 28th, as it's her aunt's (my wife's sister's) birthday then. That will make it a lot easier to remember birthdays for me, huh? lol. If the induction goes ahead on the 30th, then she could be coming on October 1st, Nigeria's Independence day. Again, a special day !! Also, that means we'll both have birthdays in October, mine being October 30th. Or, maybe even September 30th, my manager's sister's birthday, and exactly one month before mine? September 29th, exactly one month before our wedding anniversary?

It's driving me mad I tell you !!!

25.9.06

It’s now or never…..

Before you ask, no, no baby yet !!

My wife's friend got pregnant around the same time as her, and her due date was on Tuesday. Well, she went into labour on Saturday, and is now the proud mother of a little baby girl !! So while she gave birth 3 days ahead of schedule, my wife is currently one week overdue, so as you can imagine, she is insanely jealous at the moment !!

Anyway, we're still on standby, nothing to report yet !!

22.9.06

Are you having a laugh?

He earns 3 times my yearly salary in one week. But apparently, Michael Ballack says that property in London is too expensive, and "it's better to rent". He's rented a home in Wimbledon, where he lives with his partner and 3 sons.

I have all the sympathy in the world for him, and would happily agree to swap salaries, if his salary is becoming a problem. What do these footballers spend their money on? Then again, I'm guessing the kind of house he was looking to buy might cost a million or two, but I'm sure he can find a bank in England (and even Germany) that will happily give him a mortgage !!

 The bottom line is, footballers should shut up about how they are struggling to survive with their salaries, and let the little people like us feel happy with our miniscule wages. Ashley Cole was talking about how he almost crashed his car when he heard that Arsenal were offering him £50,000 a week instead of £55,000.

Boo Hoo.

 *HISS*

21.9.06

Induction booked…..

We went into the hospital today to see the doctor, and book the induction of labour just in case. My poor wife is 3 days overdue now, no contractions, no twinges, nothing. So, we've booked the induction for the 30th of September at 7.30pm. Hopefully, the baby will come naturally before then.

If we have to do the induction, then I'll take my wife to the hospital, and once she's settled in, and the induction has begun, I have to go home, and there's no space for me in the hospital overnight. If labour starts, then they'll call me, and I can come back. Obviously, if this happens, I'll go home, and sit down, I can imagine myself already, I won't be able to do anything, watch TV, nothing, I'll be a nervous wreck !! Hopefully though, it won't come to that.

18.9.06

Joystiq’s most impressive gamer rig


Wow. Talk about impressive. Joystiq reader Kevout wow the above competition with his "32-system gamer rig (21-connected), Photoshop labeling skills, nice organization, and TV pity case." According to him, he did pick the TV out of a dumpster, as he prefers to spend his money on games, not a 'proper TV'. And for winning what does he get? A free copy of Dead Rising for the Xbox 360. Just great. Another game to add to the 568 he already owns. This guy needs to see a shrink, and fast. I'm guessing:



  • No girlfriend

  • Lives with his mum


Probably no job either, I can't see how he can have time for a 'real life' with all of this.


Then again, if you think that is sad, have a look at this. Nuff said.

September 18th…

I can't get over how quickly today has arrived. Yup, today is the baby's due date. Month's of preparation has come to this. Today, we begin to wait for her to make an appearance. She's really comfortable where she is though, and is showing no signs of wanting to come out soon.

Baby O, we're eagerly awaiting your arrival. You're going to be the most loved child on this island, that's for sure. Just do me a favour, go easy on your mum, ok ?

17.9.06

FIRE !!

Imagine looking out of your window on a Sunday morning, and seeing a large cloud of thick, black SMOKE. A constant stream of explosions, and sirens. Well, that was what we went through this morning.

Apparently, the fire was from a nearby plastics factory. It's all calmed down now, but I'll be taking a stroll later today, to get as close to the site as possible.

I love you, tomorrow….

Tomorrow is the due date....how time has flown !! Can't believe how 9 months has flown by !!

Will the baby be coming tomorrow? Only God knows. I just hope she allows me to finish the Liverpool Chelsea match this afternoon !!

15.9.06

Hospital Information

A friend of mine was in the hospital awaiting the arrival of her first child. When I telephoned the hospital to see if the baby had arrived, Dr. Wilson said it had. I asked if it was a boy or girl and was told that it was against hospital policy to give this information over the phone."Fine," I said. "I can understand that. But can you tell me what she didn't have?"

"It wasn't a boy," replied Dr. Wilson.

14.9.06

Microsoft Messaging and Mobility User Group Meeting

Tonight was the inagural meeting of the above named group, and I was fortunate enough to attend. It was held at Microsoft Campus in Reading's Thames Valley Park.

It was a very productive meeting, and there was about 10 people there (I think), and we had 3 sessions, the first was about the new features in Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 by Eileen Brown, the second was about mobility with Exchange Server 2003 by Nathan Winters, the founder of the group. Then Eileen took us through some of Exchange's unified messaging features, which were really cool, like checking your email by phone, making and canceling appointments in your calendar, and checking voicemail.

All in all, it was a great meeting, and I'm already looking forward to the next one !! There's another meeting in London tomorrow, if you're so inclined. I highly recommend it !

So who do we believe ???



Chelsea have gone on and on and on about how William Gallas threatened to score an own goal if they played him. After releasing a press statement, it was in their mach program this weekend. Like Gallas says, "Even if Chelsea has much money, its new leaders lack class" and I agree 110%.

But who do we believe? BMW (Big Mouth William) Gallas, Peter Kenyon or Jose Mourinho?

Peter Kenyon - who inisted that he had never met Sven Goran Ericsson, when in fact he had met him twice.

or

Jose Mourinho - who insisted that he saw Frank Rijkaard go into the referee's room at half-time, when he hadn't.

Mmmmmmm.................

13.9.06

Email subscription…

Thanks to the lovely people at Feedburner, this blog now offers an email subscription. So every day, you will get an email with all the new posts (if there are any). It looks like a very handy feature, and will save you having to come here to see if anything new has come up.

Obviously, if you want to leave comments, you'll have to navigate to the site proper. Look to your right for where to subscribe.

11.9.06

We remember

 

It's been 5 years since the unthinkable happened. September 11th 2001 changed all our lives forever.

Where were you when it happened? How did you find out?

I had just arrived in the UK from Nigeria on September 7th, getting ready to start my masters course. As usual, the sudden change in the weather had made me ill, so I was home with flu symtptoms. Watching TV, I was going through the channels on Sky, and when I got to the block of news channels, I was suprised to see that every single one of them was showing 'Breaking News' of some sort !! So I flicked over to CNN to see what was going on, saw the tower on fire, and listened as they described that a plane had 'hit' the tower. Less than a minute later, we all watched as the second tower was hit by another plane, and suddenly realised that this was no accident.

I sat in front of the TV all day, as news came in about an attack on the Pentagon, there were rumours and counter rumours all day. I was in shock, how could something this horrible have happened? How can you hate someone so much, someone you have never met, someone you have never interacted with, how can you justify the killing of innocents? I almost began to cry when I saw people jumping out of the buildings, to escape the heat, they preferred to die that way.

The next day, I went out to buy newspapers to read on the incident, and I think that was the day I 'discovered' that tabloids are not exactly the best source for news, I can still remember one headline that read "60,000 dead" with a picture of the burning towers as a backdrop.

So much has been said about Sept. 11, so many articles written, so many interviews, wars, etc. As far as I'm concerned, the cycle of violence has just gone round and round again. We need to sort out this hatred of the Western world, and find out what it is about the West that makes a man think that killing himself, and thousands of others in the process, will make the world a better place, because it obviously doesn't.

Don’t you dare…..

Mention anything about football to me. Not after Liverpool's result on Saturday.

In case you don't know the score, here's someone who does.



Very clever Mr. Johnson, I'm impressed, you can actually count to 3 !!

In protest, I didn't watch any football matches or highlights all weekend. Liverpool FC, you broke my heart !!

9.9.06

New Blog….

I've started a new blog over here, which I intend to use for all technology based posts. It will be mainly for news and views about technology, but I'll also post a few reviews from time to time. Also, some time in the near future, I hope to write up some technical articles about my field of expertise, Information management, email archival and administration.

My plan is to use the blog to practice my technical writing, but if anyone reads it, that will be a major plus !!

Anyway, have a great weekend everyone.

7.9.06

You must be having a laugh…

If you were like me, then yesterday, after switching between the boring England match, and the more exciting France v. Italy match, you would have gone to the web to see the results for all the evening's matches. One match looked like it was a typo:

San Marino 0 Germany 13

Germany broke the European scoring record as they walloped the hapless team from San Marino. After England's 5-0 win over Andorra, and Scotland's 6-0 thrashing of the Faroe Islands, a lively debate has begun in Europe on whether these minnows should be allowed to play in a mini qualification tournament first with each other, before meeting the big guns, to reduce these kinds of scorelines.

San Marino has a population of 27,000.
Andorra has a population of about 70,000.
The Faroe Islands has a population of about 47,000.

I don't agree with this thinking, as in the end at least one of them will get out of this 'qualification' and we will still see these scorelines. The argument is that this will allow them to win some matches, but I reckon they prefer that they all have an opportunity to play with the 'superstars' of football !!

6.9.06

First Babies….

OK, I've been hearing two different arguments about this. Are first babies usually born early, or late?

I've heard convincing arguments for both, but at the moment, I think I'm more persuaded to 'late'.

Also, our nursery thermometer shows that the room is too hot for a baby. The temperature is somewhere between 24-27 degrees (Celsius). Anyone out there with suggestions on how to cool the room down? I was telling my wife yesterday, that back in Nigeria, we all had to live with much high temperatures, and babies coped. Or am I being plain silly?

2.9.06

Honesty is not always the best policy….

Last week.

Job interview.

Interview has gone well until:

Interviewer: So how would your friends describe you?

Boso: Honest, hardworking and friendly.

Interviewer: Honest? Do you realize that honesty can sometimes get you into trouble? Can you give an example when this has happened to you?

Boso gives a few examples. Intense questions about honesty.

Interviewer: So what would you have done differently, with the benefit of hindsight?

Boso: Well, maybe I could have been a bit economical with the truth, but I'm a terrible liar, so I don't bother with lying.

Next day.

Agency: "I'm sorry, but you didn't get the job. They said that your honesty was a big problem. As a customer support engineer, they need you to keep their customer's sweet, they feel you will tell them things as they are, and they don't want that."

So I've learnt a valuable lesson. Honesty is not always a good thing.

29.8.06

Spam attack

First of all, apologies to all who have received any spam from here this weekend, apparently, there was a problem with Akismet (they provide a blog spam filtering service) this weekend, and as a result, spammers were able to run riot for a few hours. Fortunately, it's all back to normal, and all those rude comments don't make it !! Then, I got into work today, and I had over 70 SPAM emails that had somehow made it past the SPAM filter. What's going on out there?

Weekend was good, was nice to have a nice long weekend. Over the weekend, I've resolved some personal issues, and I feel a lot better for it !! With the baby on the way, I've come to realise that I can no longer be selfish, and have to consider so many other things before I come to any major decisions. I'm not complaining about that, it's just something that I realise more and more each day as 'D-day' approaches.

Over the next 2 weeks, I'll be busy with training, so I'll only be blogging from home. It shouldn't be too much of a problem, but my home PC is SO SLOW, I may yet toss it out of the window very very soon. I think I have to bite the bullet and find the money to buy a brand new one.

Anyway, to everyone out there, have a great week !!

25.8.06

Baby Scan….

So we went for another baby scan yesterday, and it was the first time my wife and I had been to the new hospital. We're still trying to figure out the best route to the hospital, as the one we used yesterday went along a very narrow country road for a bit too long !!

Anyway, the scan went well, the baby has a bit of hair on her head :) all is well, and we had a little chat with the doctor afterwards. The experience was very different from the London hospital, a lot less overcrowded, and I would have to say, a lot more professional (and cleaner!). Anyway, we've been told to be on standby from next week, and if nothing happens after 41 weeks, we should come in to book an induction of labour. Had a chat about pain relief, and I have to say, I now have a new found appreciation for women, and what they have to go through to give birth. We men should consider ourselves lucky !!

While the nurse was taking my wife's blood yesterday, I couldn't even look !! How am I going to cope with watching her give birth? Needles, blood and hospitals in general make me very nervous and queasy. GOD HELP ME.